Rolled Stockings (1927)

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Though billed second, the stunningly beautiful Louise Brooks is the focal point of the campus comedy Rolled Stockings. It's the old one about two collegiate brothers, Jim and Ralph Treadway (James Hall, Richard Arlen), in love with the same girl, Carol Fleming (Brooks). While carefree older brother Jim squanders his study time on wild parties and other such activities, level-headed Ralph tries to uphold the family tradition of academic and athletic excellence. On the eve of an important rowing match, Jim breaks training by taking Carol to a dance, whereupon the incensed Ralph, figuring that what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, escorts the campus vamp (Nancy Phillips) to an off-limits nightclub. Undergoing a sudden case of responsibility, Jim saves Ralph from being bumped from the rowing team by claiming it was he, Jim, who was galavanting around with the vamp. Ralph goes on to win the match then publicly confesses his indiscretion and clears his brother's name. As a result, the vacillating Carol decides that Jim is the right man for her. Not unexpectedly, one of the publicity photos taken for this film was a close-up of a pair of rolled stockings, ostensibly filled by the trim legs of Louise Brooks; in fact, Brooks refused to pose for this cheesecake shot, whereupon her legs were "doubled" by her co-star, Nancy Phillips.

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brother, club [organization], college, conflict, dance [art], escort, father, flapper, love, party, racer, responsibility, roadhouse, rowing, school, smuggling, winner